Censorship: 1957

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Lawrence FerlinghettiLawrence FerlinghettiSan Francisco police officers arrest City Lights bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti and bookseller Shigeyoshi Murao on obscenity charges for selling copies of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and other Poems. The ACLU of Northern California defends them, and rallies the literary community in support. Judge Clayton Horn finds Ferlinghetti not guilty.


Hear Allen Ginsberg read part of “Howl:"